Posts tagged ‘Nicholas Sparks’

March 4, 2011

Stunningly Disappointed…

So, I found out that my favorite Nicholas Sparks book is currently being made into a movie…

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January 18, 2011

Review 5/5 – Nicholas Sparks – A Bend in the Road

In A Bend in the Road, Nicholas Sparks writes with a luminous intensity about life’s bitter turns and incomparable sweetness. His affirming message carries a powerful lesson about the imperfections of being human, the mistakes we all make, and the joy that comes when we give ourselves to love.

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January 12, 2011

Review 4/5 – Nicholas Sparks – The Notebook & The Wedding

First of all, let me say how relieved I am to have finally finished The Notebook. I have wanted to read it for a long time! I bought it when I still lived in Washington State, but left it with a friend who never returned it to me. Thanks to the local Public Library System, I finally finished it. It was wonderful! I didn’t cry… I know, I’m shocked too. But it did make me a little sad. Though the sequel, The Wedding, I thought started off to be quite boring, finally picked up once we found out whose wedding it was going to be. That’s when things started happening, and I started to gain interest. But after the whole thing is planned out, a curveball is sent your way and makes the whole book finish on a happy note.

January 10, 2011

Review 5/5 – Nicholas Sparks – The Rescue

Oh my goodness… What a fantastic book. I loved every aspect of the story. The triumph. The sadness. The ending was so sweet, it melted my heart. There isn’t a lot I can say without giving it away completely.

I do want to say thank you to Nicholas Sparks though, for creating such a wonderful story, that didn’t make me completely fall apart at the end. It was sad, and I felt the sting of tears, but didn’t full on cry like I did when I read his other books (I will touch on that later this year when I read those ones again… yes, I torture myself… they’re that good).

January 7, 2011

Currently Reading – Nicholas Sparks – The Rescue

Volunteer fireman Taylor McAden is driven to take terrifying heroic risks to save lives. But there’s one leap into the unknown he can’t bring himself to make: He can’t fall in love. A man who likes to rescue troubled women, he inevitably leaves them as soon as they want more from him. Then, one day, a record-breaking storm hits his small Southern town, and Taylor comes across a young single mother named Denise Holton in a crashed car…

January 4, 2011

Challenge – Read 100 Books in 2011

I have signed up for Book Chick City’s 100 Book Challenge for this year. Hopefully will keep better track of what I manage to read this year. I am reserving the right to reread old favorites once this year. So, since I read 35 or so books last year, and have compiled a few favorites – with new books being published in that series – I plan to reread the previous books and refresh my mind. I also want to write a small review on each book or an overall series.

  1. Charlaine Harris – Lily Bard Mysteries – Shakespeare’s Landlord – Finished 2/5/11
  2. Charlaine Harris – Lily Bard Mysteries – Shakespeare’s Champion – Finished 2/6/11
  3. Charlaine Harris – Lily Bard Mysteries – Shakespeare’s Christmas – Finished 2/7/11
  4. Charlaine Harris – Lily Bard Mysteries – Shakespeare’s Trollop – Finished 2/9/11
  5. Charlaine Harris – Lily Bard Mysteries – Shakespeare’s Counselor – Finished 2/10/11
  6. Charlaine Harris – Harper Connelly Mysteries – Grave Sight – Finished 1/29/11
  7. Charlaine Harris – Harper Connelly Mysteries – Grave Surprise – Finished 1/30/11
  8. Charlaine Harris – Harper Connelly Mysteries – An Ice Cold Grave – Finished 2/4/11
  9. Charlaine Harris – Harper Connelly Mysteries – Grave Secret – Finished 2/8/11
  10. Nicholas Sparks – The Notebook – Finished 1/11/11
  11. Nicholas Sparks – The Wedding — Finished 1/12/11
  12. Nicholas Sparks – The Rescue – Finished 1/8/2011
  13. Nicholas Sparks – A Bend in the Road – Finished 1/18/2011
  14. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – One for the Money – Finished 3/26/2011
  15. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Two for the Dough – Finished 4/2/2011
  16. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Three to Get Deadly – Finished 4/6/2011
  17. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Four to Score – Finished 4/11/2011
  18. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – High Five – Finished 4/16/2011
  19. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Hot Six – Finished 4/19/2011
  20. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Seven Up – Finished 4/21/2011
  21. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Hard Eight – Finished 4/23/2011
  22. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – To The Nines – Finished 4/27/2011
  23. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Ten Big Ones – Finished 5/3/2011
  24. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Eleven on Top – Finished 4/10/2011
  25. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Twelve Sharp – Finished 5/13/2011
  26. Mitch Albom – Tuesday’s with Morrie – Finished 2/2/11
  27. Nikki Sixx – The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star – Finished 3/15/11
  28. Maxim Jakubowski – Kama Sutra – Finished 4/22/2011
  29. Chris Prentiss – Zen and the Art of Happiness – Finished 4/30/2011
  30. Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Novels – Dead Reckoning – Finished 4/4/2011
  31. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Lean Mean Thirteen – Finished 7/22/2011
  32. Sara Gruen – Water for Elephants – Finished 7/24/2011
  33. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Finished 7/22/2011
  34. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Finished 7/23/2011
  35. Nicholas Sparks – A Walk to Remember – Finished 8/7/2011
  36. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Finished 8/13/2011
  37. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Fearless Fourteen – Finished 8/13/2011
  38. Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Novels – Dead Until Dark – Finished 9/22/2011
  39. Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Novels – Living Dead in Dallas – Finished 9/28/2011
  40. Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Novels – Club Dead – Finished 10/5/2011
  41. Charlaine Harris – Aurora Teagarden Mysteries – Real Murders
  42. Charlaine Harris – Aurora Teagarden Mysteries – A Bone to Pick
  43. Charlaine Harris – Aurora Teagarden Mysteries – Three Bedrooms, One Corpse
  44. Charlaine Harris – Aurora Teagarden Mysteries – The Julius House
  45. Charlaine Harris – Aurora Teagarden Mysteries – Dead Over Heels
  46. Charlaine Harris – Aurora Teagarden Mysteries – A Fool and His Honey
  47. Charlaine Harris – Aurora Teagarden Mysteries – Last Scene Alive
  48. Charlaine Harris – Aurora Teagarden Mysteries – Poppy Done to Death
  49. Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Novels – Dead to the World – Currently Reading
  50. Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Novels – Dead as a Doornail
  51. Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Novels – Definitely Dead
  52. Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Novels – All Together Dead
  53. Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Novels – From Dead to Worse
  54. Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Novels – Dead and Gone
  55. Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Novels – Dead in the Family
  56. Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse Novels – A Touch of Dead
  57. Nicholas Sparks – Message in a Bottle
  58. Nicholas Sparks – Nights in Rodanthe
  59. Nicholas Sparks – The Guardian
  60. Nicholas Sparks – Three Weeks With My Brother – Currently Reading
  61. Nicholas Sparks – True Believer
  62. Nicholas Sparks – At First Sight
  63. Nicholas Sparks – Dear John –  Currently Reading
  64. Nicholas Sparks – The Choice
  65. Nicholas Sparks – The Lucky One
  66. Nicholas Sparks – The Last Song
  67. Nicholas Sparks – Safe Haven
  68. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Finger Lickin’ Fifteen – Currently Reading
  69. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Sizzling Sixteen
  70. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Visions of Sugar Plumbs
  71. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Plum Lovin’
  72. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Plum Lucky
  73. Janet Evanovich – Stephanie Plum – Plum Spooky
  74. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Currently Reading
  75. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  76. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  77. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  78. J.K. Rowling – The Tales of Beedle the Bard
  79. Anne Rice – The Vampire Chronicles – Interview with a Vampire
  80. Anne Rice – The Vampire Chronicles – The Vampire Lestat
  81. Anne Rice – The Vampire Chronicles – Queen of the Damned
  82. Anne Rice – The Vampire Chronicles – The Tale of the Body Thief
  83. Anne Rice – The Vampire Chronicles – Memnoch the Devil
  84. Anne Rice – The Vampire Chronicles – The Vampire Armand
  85. Anne Rice – The Vampire Chronicles – Merrick
  86. Anne Rice – The Vampire Chronicles – Blood and Gold
  87. Anne Rice – The Vampire Chronicles – Blackwood Farm
  88. Anne Rice – The Vampire Chronicles – Blood Canticle
  89. Anne Rice – New Tales of the Vampires (A Vampire Chronicle) – Pandora
  90. Mitch Albom – The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  91. Stephen King – The Green Mile (A Novel in Six Parts)
  92. Stephen King – Dolores Claiborne
  93. Stephen King – Pet Cemetery
  94. Bram Stoker – Dracula (Set Aside)
  95. Jeanette Walls – The Glass Castle
  96. Tom Perrotta – Little Children
  97. Joanne Harris – Chocolat – Set Aside (Page 122/306)
  98. Elizabeth Brundage – The Doctor’s Wife
  99. Jodi Picoult – My Sister’s Keeper
  100. Michael Lewis – The  Blind Side – Currently Reading

If I have time:

  1. Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events (all of them)
  2. J.M. Barrie – Peter Pan
  3. Gerald Posner – Case Closed
  4. Susan Elizabeth Phillips – What I Did for Love
  5. John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath
  6. WM. Paul Young – The Shack
  7. Nicky Charles – Forever in Time (Read by Fee – Given a good Review)
  8. Jan Gordon – Black Silk (Read by Fee – Given a good Review)
  9. Adam Maxwell – Chills, Kills and Snowflakes (Read by Fee – Given a good Review)
  10. Richard Preston – The Hot Zone
  11. Jack London – The Call of the Wild
  12. Mark Twain – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Books I really couldn’t get into and Took off my list:

  1. Stephenie Meyer Twilight Saga

Please leave a comment of a book or series you recommend and I will consider it and possibly add it to my list.. especially if the libraries don’t have all the books I want to read.

Link to my GoodReads Page

January 2, 2011

Day 2 – Introduce, Recent Picture, 15 Interesting Facts

I am 24, recently divorced, recently moved to Reno, NV, reunited with the love of my life. I suffer from occasional depression… because I have always been a constant worrier and I stress myself out. My boyfriend is my best friend, followed very closely with a four-way tie between my mom, my dad, my Grams, and a blogger friend (I’ll call her H).
  1. I was married in July 2008, divorced in August 2010 (separated since March 2010) – best choice I have ever made for myself.
  2. Moved to Reno in June 2010 to be close to the love of my life — and no, I did not leave my husband for him.. I know that is hard to believe, but I was leaving my husband either way.
  3. I used to weigh over 210 pounds – I have lost 70+pounds. On my way to a better sized me.
  4. The identity of my biological father is still a topic of discussion, after 24 years, some people can’t let it go. My dad loves me, I love him, and he raised me since the second I was born. What does blood really matter?
  5. The fact that I look like a clone of my mother, does not help the questions of if I am my dad’s biological daughter.
  6. My favorite alcohol is Malibu Rum. I believe it goes with everything!
  7. Every car I have owned has been silver.
  8. I love playing Xbox 360 games like COD and GOW. I have also been guilty of playing WoW on the PC.
  9. The love of my life is a man I dated 6 years ago, before he moved to Reno in 2004.
  10. I have a crazy intuition about medical and legal diagnoses.
  11. I love cooking – not so great at baking.
  12. I recently lost my best friend of 9 years, and I no longer miss her.
  13. I sang in 3 talent shows as a child, and was a contestant in one Spelling Bee.
  14. I love reading. Nicholas Sparks and Charlaine Harris are my recent obsessions.
  15. I love writing as  much, if not more, than reading. I have written over 100 poems, I have been writing in journals since I was about 8 or 9 years old. Unfortunately when I was 16/17 I found out my mom read one of them and I decided the best thing to do would be to rip them all to pieces and burn them. I wish I hadn’t done that… hindsight though, right?